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Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations..... Deut. xxxii. 7.
For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers.....

Job viii. 8.





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The first volume of this work, including the Introduction, and the New-England Chronology to September 1630, was first published in Boston, in 1736. This volume terminated abruptly, in the middle of the second section, of the second part. The work was afterwards continued in 1755, in three pamphlet numbers of thirty-two pages each, bringing down the annals to the 5th of August, 1633. Soon after the publication of these numbers, the learned author died, and to the regret of all who wish to inquire into the early history of the country, the work remained unfinished. It embraces, however, the most obscure and difficult period of our history, namely, the first settlement of the Plymouth and Massachusetts colonies ; and for that period it is the most complete, exact and satisfactory history extant. The work has long been extremely rare, and a new edition of it has been much desired. Of the 'three pamphlet numbers, a very few copies were known to be in existence, until the Massachusetts Historical Society in 1818, republished them in the seventh volume of the second series of their valuable collections. Of the first volume, no edition since the first, has been published until this time. The present volume contains the original first volume, with the corrections and additions made by the author, together with the whole of the supplementary numbers, and is therefore, the first complete and uniform edition of the work that has been published.

The Rev. Thomas Prince, the author of the work, was born at Middleborough, and was graduated at Harvard College, 1707. He spent several years in travelling in Europe, and on his return, Oct. 1, 1718, was ordained Pastor of the old South Church in Boston, in which station he remained until his death, Oct. 22, 1758. The author of the New England Biographical Dictionary justly remarks of him, that

was one of the most learned and useful men of his age. He would deserve this character, if he had never published any thing but this Chronology."

Boston, 1826.

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To His Excellency, JONATHAN BELCHER, Esq. ; captain-general and governor-in-chief in and over His Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New-England. &c. To the Honorable SPENCER Phipps, Esq., lieutenant-governor ; and to the Honorable His Majesty's Council and House of Representatives of said Province.

The Province under your united care, being the principal of the New-England governments, containing especially the two first colonies of Plymouth and the Massachusetts, from whence the others were chiefly derived, and having the greatest share in the following work, to whom could a son of the Province more properly offer this fruit of his labors, than to your excellency and honors ? especially, when he beholds you as mostly, if not wholly, descendants from the worthy fathers of these plantations ; whom yourselves and posterity cannot but have in everlasting honor, not only for their eminent selfdenial and piety, wherein they set examples for future ages to admire and imitate ; but also for their great concern that the same vital and pure christianity and liberty both civil and ecclesiastical, might be continued to their successors ; for which

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